Apr 05, 2020 12:14 UTC
  • Iran rallies to produce crucial supplies as US impose sanctions despite coronavirus

Iran will increase the production of protective masks for coronavirus relief to 4 million per day by the end of this month, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani says.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Iran had an overall capacity to manufacture 700,000 masks per day, the minister said, adding Iran's production of sanitizers has also risen eight-fold, Press TV reported.

Iran is the worse-hit country in West Asia amid a draconian sanctions regime which the United States has been tightening since the virus outbreak.

That means Iran has to rely on its own resources to cope with the crisis, so it does. Since its outbreak, the coronavirus has united and mobilized the country to help bring the scourge under check.

Presenting the latest update on Sunday, Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour reported 2,483 new infections and 151 more deaths from the virus over the past 24 hours.

In total, 58,226 people have tested positive for COVID-19 while 3,603 have died, he pointed out, adding 22,011 patients have fully recovered so far

On Saturday, a new artificial intelligence-based COVID-19 diagnosis system was unveiled by government officials in Tehran.

"We have also been able to develop a new method with new technology in the field of artificial intelligence in order to detect the disease," explained Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari.

The new system, he said, should bring a "new perspective" to the diagnosis and treatment of the virus."

The CT-scan based new method comes as the country has reported a shortage of radiologists.

Officials say the situation is stabilizing across Iran as comprehensive screening and testing programs and other necessary measures are taken to rein in the virus spread.

"We are still concerned about the virus, for example with the level of traffic in Tehran today and queues of cars stuck on freeways, because these people can take the virus to their homes or workplaces," Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said, who has himself recovered from COVID-19.

The official dismissed the US offer of aid to Iran in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic as "nonsensical" as he visited one of Iran's largest shopping malls transformed into a center to treat coronavirus patients.

Iran Mall in west Tehran, which is one of the world's largest commercial complexes, has been fitted with ventilators, health monitoring systems and hundreds of hospital beds.